Abbeydale Road is a little community of people and businesses that we love; otherwise known as the Antiques Quarter. We're coming up to two years old in November (mmmm there may be a party!) and with neighbours like The Broadfield, Picture House Social and more, we're happy in our little corner spot. We were incredibly humbled that local neighbourhood brewery Abbeydale asked us along for a brew day and it made sense to collaborate on a rich, wintry stout; as the darker nights beckon in around us. The sort of stout you clutch by the camp fire toasting marshmallows; one that warms you on first sip and makes your toes toasty.
One early morning (well for us! *cough* 8.30am) in mid-September, we arrived at Abbeydale Brewery to begin brewing with Gaz and the team. Gaz had already sorted the malt bill (we've added a touch of rye in there too) and was away with mashing in when we arrived. We reminded ourselves of the recipe ingredients, having a good dig into the hop bags bursting with aromas - we went for three big Cs - Chinook, Centennial and Cascade. Organic cacao nibs and Pollards blend 'Electric Candlelight' coffee added to the dark brew mix. The 'Electric Candlelight' blend being a head-nod to friend Paul Infanti who used to run the namesake eclectic and wondrous cafe next to Vintedge.
Thanks to Abbeydale Brewery (Pat, Sue, Dan, Robin, the whole office and brewing team!) & our good friend Ben Cooney for the artwork (we got there in the end!).
The stout will be out towards the end of October and we can't wait for you to try it!